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Cord Blood Awareness Month – FAQs


WRITTEN BY: Womens Imaging
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta after the baby is born. Although cord blood contains all the elements found in whole blood, including red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets, it is mainly collected because it is rich in hematopoietic stem cells. These very special cord blood stem cells can be used to treat a wide variety of potentially fatal diseases, and can help children to replace damaged blood cells with healthy ones that can strengthen their immune systems.

Why Is Cord Blood Important?

This blood is a critical treatment option for patients suffering from leukemia and lymphoma and can be used to support research in heart disease, juvenile diabetes, brain injury, and more. Once discarded as medical waste, it can now be saved to benefit the family, community members, or society as a whole, especially in light of the fact that 1 in 3 Americans could benefit from regenerative medicine.

Will Collecting Blood Hurt My Baby or Me?

No. There is no risk to the mother or baby because cord blood is collected after the baby is born and after the cord is cut. There will be no change in the way mother and baby are cared for during labor and delivery or afterward.

What Is the Difference Between Donating Cord Blood and Storing It for My Family?

Public donations don’t have a fee. The cord blood is recorded and stored in a public bank until needed. If you store your baby’s cord blood privately, there is an ongoing fee for storage, and only your family can use it. You can also donate it to research, which also doesn’t have a fee.

Because cord blood has become so relevant when trying to cure various diseases, nearly half of all pediatric transplants now involve cord blood. The growing popularity of this procedure and proven results have allowed over 30,000 transplants to be performed to date, enabling young babies to benefit greatly from the healing cells provided from the cord blood. The collection does not harm the mother or child and in no way disrupts a family’s birth plan. Interested in learning more?

Talk with your doctor, visit the Dan Berger Cord Blood Program at Magee, or contact Mary Wiegel at 412-209-7479.


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